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Thursday Caps Clips: Hurricane Warning

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of this year's Caps, ranking the best wingers in the Metro and more.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Continuing our look at the Metropolitan Division's top players, with a look at the wingers. [Rink (LWRW)]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's shootout loss to the Hurricanes from Vogs, Monumental video (TrotzHoltbyChorneyGalievLatta), NHL.comCSNMAStars and Sticks, and from Raleigh, News & ObserverCardiac Cane, and Canes Country.
    • Preseason Alex Ovechkin is in midseason form, apparently:
    • Listen to the voice of the Caps, John Walton, call the goals from last night's action. [Capitals Voice (Ovechkin/GalievLatta)]
  • News and notes from yesterday's pregame skate:
    • In general. [Dump 'n Chase, Monumental video (TrotzJohanssonRinkside Update)]
    • Barry Trotz is looking for a lot more out of Stanislav Galiev than he's seen so far (or at least up until last night). [WaPoCSNMA]
    • With just a few preseason games remaining, Trotz is using every last minute to tinker with his lines. [WaPo]
    • While recovering from offseason hip surgery, Nicklas Backstrom has been kept away from the ice during training camp... until now. Best news? Best news. [Monumental videoCaps OTNHL.comWaPoCSNMARMNB]
      • That said, it would be wise of both the Caps and Backstrom to be patient with his recovery. [Pressbox DC]
  • TSN's top 50 players are revealed, with all kinds of ridiculousness built in. See if you can spot it! [TSN]
  • Ranking all 30 starting goalies by tier. [ESPN ($)]
  • Just what should we make of Tom Wilson? [THW]
  • Season previews from lands near and far:
    • The pieces are in place for the Caps to hopefully extend their playoff run. []
    • Among those pieces? T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams, who are just some of the reasons to give the Caps optimism. []
    • Contenders? Perhaps... []
    • The X-factors for the Caps this year. []
    • Ed Frankovic previews the 2015 season. [WNST]
    • "Washington Capitalsilla on edessään suuri kausi." Indeed. []
  • $10 million later, Verizon Center has been all spiffified and snazzied up in time for the season to start. [Monumental]
  • As the Caps near the end of training camp, the Hershey Bears are kicking off theirs. [Caps Outsider]
    • Chris Bourque is one of a handful of recent Caps' cuts to make his way up to Hershey - a place with which he is well acquainted. [Lancaster Online]
    • The snazzy new HD scoreboard at Giant Center is finally unveiled. [Patriot-News (and video)]
  • Why the Caps should claim Steve Oleksy off of waivers (and we'll assume it goes beyond just "because we like him"). [RMNB]
  • Bidding farewell to our pal Alex "Prew or False" Prewitt, as he prepares to leave us behind for the greener pastures of Sports Illustrated. [Stars and Sticks]
  • Tom Wilson is a pretty good wingman, even when he isn't aware he's being one. [RMNB]
  • More important and incredibly serious information on PUPPIES. [CSNMA]
  • Finally, happy 46th birthday to Igor Ulanov and happy 39th to Jaroslav Svejkovsky.